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Case ID: 11849
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: cat, bird (pet), rodent/small mammal (pet), rabbit (wild), rabbit (pet)
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Saturday, Jun 30, 2007

County: Middlesex

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Briana J. Dekorte

A 35-year-old Portland woman turned herself in to police on July 26 in connection with an animal cruelty case.

Officers Daniel Knapp and Gary Jarzabek approached Briana Dekorte's Main Street apartment on June 30, acting on an odor complaint. The landlord had reported a smell coming from the apartment and the presence of numerous flies. With the landlord's help, the officers entered the apartment and found several live animals, along with a dead guinea pig and hamster.

Police say the apartment was home to four cats, hamsters, rats, mice, rabbits, a parakeet, a dove and a snapping turtle. All of the animals were living in poor conditions, police said, with no visible food or water and surrounded by their own waste. Police contacted the town's animal control officer, Karen Sullivan, who with the help of Middletown's animal control officer removed all of the animals from the home.

Dekorte was charged with cruelty to animals and was released Thursday on $250 bond. She is due in Superior Court in Middletown Aug. 14. The animals are under the care of the Portland animal control department.


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